NBI seizes P41.7-million worth of medical supplies from hoarders, profiteers

Published April 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jeffrey Damicog

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has seized around P41.7-million worth of medical supplies in operations against persons involved in hoarding, profiteering and overpricing.

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) (MANILA BULLETIN)

With this, NBI Officer-in-Charge Director Eric Distor has assured that the agency will remain relentless against persons taking advantage of the current health emergency caused by the threat of the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The NBI said the P41.7-million worth of medical supplies was seized from the 64 buy-bust and entrapment operations it conducted nationwide against hoarders and profiteers since the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine back in March.

The items seized included alcohol, hand sanitizer, thermal scanners, surgical and face masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

During the operations, the NBI arrested 122 persons who were charged with violating Republic Ac 7581, the Price Act of the Philippines; R.A. 7394, Consumer Act of the Philippines; R.A. 11469, Bayanihan to Heal as One Act; and R.A. 10175, Cyber Crime Prevention Act of 2012, for online sellers.